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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Roberto Martinez has spoken of his pride at being a part of this year’s Hillsborough memorial service.

The Everton manager will speak along with Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers at the service on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on April 15.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright spoke at last year’s service.

Martinez says he was proud to have been asked to speak.

“I’m not sure how I can put it into words," he declared.

"It goes beyond the rivalry in football. It is what football represents in the community, in everyone's lives and the passion we have living our lives involved with football.

"It fills me with real pride and I think it takes you all the way back to the history of the two football clubs. I am very proud. It is a proud moment."

He added: "Football is so powerful in the city and that is something we need to be proud of. It can really affect other countries and communities in the world."

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